The first revision following the Coverdale Bible was
Matthew's Bible. Strangely enough, no one named "Matthew" ever
worked on this version.
Thomas Matthew was the "pen name" used by John Rogers,
the editor of the translation.
Rogers had been a close friend of William Tyndale. Just prior to his death, Tyndale gave to Rogers
the manuscripts of all his English translations — including those that had not yet been published. Rogers
used Tyndale's work — about two-thirds of the entire Bible — for Matthew's Bible. The text from
Coverdale's Bible was used for the portions of Scripture that had not been translated by Tyndale.
So Matthew's Bible was basically a compilation of the work of two men —
Tyndale and Coverdale.
In 1537 Matthew's Bible was given the approval and license of King Henry VIII. However, times and
monarchs change; and just 18 years later, Rogers would be burned at the stake — the first of
300 Protestants that eventually would be martyred under the reign of Mary Tudor.
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